A stock commercial action novel mixed with Pentagon politics, the scenes here alternate secret military finagling on the Presidential level with U.S. guerrilla night-work in North Vietnam...The Red Chinese building a jump-off base in North Vietnam for a colossal push into Southeast Asia. They've built up tremendous supply depots, a dam, an airstrip, etc., all in one strategic area. To avert all-out war (?), the President decides that his secret GENOPS section had better take out the new supply complex by night raids (he wants to avoid the air attacks so near to Hanoi that he ordered in real life). Incredibly, a tiny group of superannuated soldiers and civilians who made their marks in WWII and Korea are recruited for this mission---not battle-hardened berets already on hand. The raider crew is led by one Colonel Barney Fannin, an aging veteran who is great in action but incompetent in higher echelon work. Barney has a hidden past. In '39 he pulled a disastrous training maneuver in a swollen river that cost several lives (modelled on Sgt. McKeon's fiasco with Parris Island boots). Barney and four followers nightdrop near the target and, in five days, save the Western World from the Yellow Peril... Author Blacker understands bureaucracy in relation to the government's hidden activities but seems to condone what his characters are doing even though many people may not.